Under this aspect, Manjushri brandishes a (flaming) sword above his head with his right hand and holds the long stem of a blue lotus or utpala in the other, which may be resting against his hip.
Alternatively, he may hold it at heart level. The Prajnaparamita sutra (manuscript) is either in his left hand, on his shoulder, or on the lotus flower to his left (as above and below).
When sitting, he normally has his legs folded in the lotus position.
Occasionally, he has one leg pendant, the foot resting on a lotus attached to the base.
This form of Manjushri is often part of a triad, along with bodhisattvas Vajrapani and Avalokiteshvara.